Department of Veterans Affairs.
Notice of Computer Matching Program.
Notice is hereby given that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) intends to conduct a recurring computer program matching records from the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) of the Department of Justice with VA compensation pension and dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) records.
The purpose of the match is to verify continuing eligibility for Federal benefit programs of those who are confined for a period exceeding 60 days due to a conviction for a felony or misdemeanor. VA has the obligation to reduce or suspend compensation, pension, and dependency and indemnity compensation benefit payments to veterans and VA beneficiaries on the 61st day following conviction and incarceration in the Federal institution for a felony or misdemeanor. VA also has the obligation to reduce educational assistance to any recipient who is incarcerated for a felony conviction.
VA plans to match records of VA beneficiaries with those reported by BOP as being incarcerated and to adjust their VA benefits accordingly. VA will use the BOP records provided in the match to update the master records of VA beneficiaries and to adjust their VA benefits, accordingly, if needed.
Records To Be Matched
The VA records involved in the match are the VA system of records, Compensation, Pension, Education and Rehabilitation Records—VA (58 VA 21/22) first published at 41 FR 9294, March 3, 1976 and last amended at 65 FR 37605 (June 15, 2000). The data elements provided to VA will be taken from BOP's Inmate Central Records System, Justice/BOP-005, published on June 7, 1884. In accordance with Title 5 U.S.C. subsection 552a(o)(2) and (r), copies of the agreement are being sent to both Houses of Congress and to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
This notice is provided in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 as amended by Public Law 100-503.
The match will start no sooner than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register and end not more than 18 months after the agreement is properly implemented by the parties. The involved agencies' Data Integrity Boards (DIB) may extend this match for 12 months provided the agencies certify to their DIBs within three months of the ending date of the original match that the matching program will be conducted without change and that the matching program has been conducted in compliance with the original matching program.
Interested individuals may submit written comments to the Director, Office of Regulations Management (02D), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW, Room 1154, Washington, DC 20420. Comments will be available for public inspection at the above address in the Office of Regulations Management, Room 1158, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, except holidays.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Paul Trowbridge (212), (202) 273-7318.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
This information is required by Title 5 U.S.C. subsection 552a(e)(12), the Privacy Act of 1974. A copy of this notice has been provided to both House of Congress and OMB.Start Signature
Hershel W. Gober,
Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
[FR Doc. 00-26293 Filed 10-12-00; 8:45 am]
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